SILVERSTONE, UK: After celebrating a podium finish at the Eight Hours of Oschersleben last weekend, where he battled to second place in the Superstock category with his Qatar Endurance Racing Team partners Alex Cudlin and Mashel Al Naimi, Anthony West had to re-adjust his riding style from a 1000 cc Kawasaki to his 600 cc Moto2 prototype for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
In the second free practice session, he was back in the swing and scored 16th place in the standings for day one.
His Spanish team-mate Roman Ramos had his best start into a Grand Prix weekend of the season so far.
On the fast and challenging 5,9 kilometre-track, he found the best line and a good feeling with this Speed Up bike almost straight away and scored 28th place, with a gap of only 2.1 seconds to front-runner and championship leader Tito Rabat.
“This morning was a bit difficult after riding with a 1000cc Kawasaki in the Eight Hour race,” West commented following the free practice session in Silverstone.
He said it was a tricky task to shift focus.
“Coming back with the Speed Up bike felt so strange, everything was different and I didn’t feel comfortable, but in the second practice I started to feel good again,” he said before adding that the conditions were not easy in the begining.
“The conditions weren’t the best when we started after a brief rainshower, but then it dried up and everything was okay.”
He also spoke about the technical issues he faced.
“I had a problem with the gearbox, when I would go from fourth to third it would shift back to fourth or into neutral by itself. I ran off the line three or four times because of that, so I hope we can get this fixed. Other than that, I just will try and go faster,” he concluded.
Ramos who ended on 28th spot was satisfied with the start of the race.
“Today I felt really good. This circuit suits the bike and my riding style and we are closer to the top than we have ever been,” he said.
“It’s a long, wide and complicated track, but it didn’t take me long to find the best line and I went faster by almost two seconds from the first to the second session.”
Ramos hoped for bringing an improvement to his positions.
“I hope we can continue in this line and climb up some more positions. We started well and I’m determined to keep the momentum going and to ride a good race on Sunday,” added the QMMF team’s rider.